Title:
Shoulder strap holder
United States Patent 2005569


Abstract:
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in a shoulder strap holder. The invention has for an object the provision of a simple, cheap article which is adapted to be adhesively attached upon the shoulder and hold the shoulder straps of garments. It is a continual annoyance for...



Inventors:
Smith, William J.
Application Number:
US68827733A
Publication Date:
06/18/1935
Filing Date:
09/06/1933
Assignee:
Smith, William J.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
12/142D, 24/307, 24/369, 24/DIG.11, 224/257, 224/614, 224/901
International Classes:
A41F15/02
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Description:

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in a shoulder strap holder.

The invention has for an object the provision of a simple, cheap article which is adapted to be adhesively attached upon the shoulder and hold the shoulder straps of garments. It is a continual annoyance for a wearer if the shoulder straps keep slipping from place. With this arrangement a convenient method is provided 10. for preventing such annoyance.

Still further, the invention proposes the construction of an article as mentioned which is characterized by a flexible sheet of material having adhesive on one side, a removable sheet of 15: material covering said adhesive, an element for engaging and holding a shoulder strap and coacting means upon said element and flexible sheet for detachably holding said element.

The invention furthermore contemplates the arrangement of a removable sheet of material for covering the adhesive, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, so that there is little or no annoyance due to the adhesive contacting with objects while being carried.

Still further, the invention proposes an arrangement for protecting the adhesive so that the article may be conveniently carried when not in use.

As another object of this invention various arrangements are proposed for connecting the element which is adapted to engage the shoulder strap with the flexible sheet material as previously mentioned.

Furthermore, as another object of this invention an arrangement is proposed whereby a, portion of the removable sheet material which covers the adhesive may be removed so as to, control the amount of adhesive engaged against the skin during the use of the shoulder strap holder.

Furthermore, an arrangement is proposed whereby the removable portion of the removable sheet material may be removed to various degrees and also fully removed for facilitating removal of the entire removable sheet.

SStill further the invention contemplates the construction of an article as mentioned which is simple and durable and which may be manufactured and sold at a reasonable cost.

For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawing, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.

In the accompanying drawing forming a material part of this disclosure:Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a shoulder strap holder according to this invention.

Figs. 2-8 inclusive are perspective views of various shoulder strap holders constructed according to this invention but of modified forms.

Fig. 9 is a perspective view of a portion of another shoulder strap holder according to this invention. Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the shoulder strap holding element for cooperation with the device illustrated in Fig. 9.

Fig. 11 illustrates another shoulder strap holding element for use with the article shown in Fig. 9.

Fig. 12 is an elevational view of the removable sheet material which covers the adhesive of the various shoulder strap holders previously illustrated. Figs. 13-15 inclusive show various elements for engaging the shoulder straps, per se, these elements being of different forms.

Fig. 16 is a perspective view of a shoulder strap holder according to another modification of the invention.

Fig. 17 is a perspective view of a still further modified form of shoulder strap holder.

Fig. 18 is another perspective view of a still further modified form of the invention. Figs. 19 and 20 are similar views to Fig. 16, but showing still further modified forms of the invention and are provided with one and two split rings, respectively.

Fig. 21 is a perspective view of a tubing used in Fig. 16.

The shoulder strap, according to this invention, comprises a flexible sheet of material 10 having adhesive 1 on one side. A removable sheet material covering 12 engages the adhesive so as to normally prevent annoyance when the articles are being carried. According to this form, the sheet 12 must be removed and then the adhesive strap may be engaged across the shoulder strap and upon the skin for the purpose of holding the shoulder strap in place.

The adhesive may be of any standard quality and the flexible sheet 10 of any shape and size.

The adhesive may either cover the full surface of the sheet 10 or leave a pair of narrow margins along the two edges of the sheet so that the soiled skin may be kept covered by the unadhesived margin. The covering material may extend the full length of the flexible sheet material or cover only a portion thereof. The sheet material may be of any suitable fabric, cut up in strips or woven in strip form; it may be white, colored or printed with any design.

In Fig. 2 another variation of the invention has been disclosed in which the shoulder strap holder comprises a flexible sheet of material 13 having adhesive 14 on one side and a removable sheet of material covering 12 over the adhesive.

The flexible sheet material 13 comprises two layers of material arranged so that the upper layer has a central loop portion 15 forming a loop through which an element engaging the shoulder strap will be mounted. This element is in the form of a ring 16 having contacting ends so that the ends may be separated for the purpose of removing the ring from the shoulder strap holder for the purpose of engaging the shoulder strap into the ring. The layers composing the flexible sheet 13 may be attached together by adhesive or any other arrangement.

In Fig. 3 another variation of the invention has been disclosed in which the holder comprises a flexible sheet of material 17 with adhesive 18 on one side which is covered by a removable sheet covering 12. Another smaller piece of flexible material 19 is sewn upon the side of the material 17 and forms a loop 20 through which a ring or other holding element may be engaged for holding the shoulder strap.

In Fig. 4 another variation of the invention has been disclosed which is very similar to the form described in Pig. 1 but distinguishes in the provision of a cotton loop 21 mounted upon the upper face of the flexible sheet material 10. This loop 21 may be formed of other material such as crochet or even metal.

In Fig. 5 another variation has been disclosed in which the holder comprises a flexible sheet of material 22 bent upon itself forming a loop 23 at one end and a transverse line of stitches 24 serve to hold the adjacent layers together to maintain the loop formation. One outer side of the flexible material 22 hides adhesive 25 and a removable sheet material covering 12 is engaged over this adhesive.

In Fig. 6 another varied form of the invention has been disclosed which comprises a flexible sheet material 26 formed with a side extention 27 bent under to form a loop 28 for receiving the ring or other element for engaging the shoulder strap. Adhesive material 29 is arranged upon the under side of the sheet material 26 and a removable sheet material covering element 12 is engaged upon the adhesive. In Fig. 7 another variation of the invention has been disclosed which is very similar to the form illustrated in Fig. 1 and bearing the identical reference numerals, but which distinguishes by the provision of an additional strip of material 30 bent upon itself to form a loop 31 and having its edges secured together by stitches 32 which also secure it to the sheet 10.

The form of the invention illustrated in Fig. 8 comprises a strip of material 33 bent at one end to form a loop 34 and a second strip of material 35 secured beneath the strip of material 33, preferably by adhesive. The stitches 36 which serve to hold the loop formation 34 also engage the material 35 for better holding the parts in a unit. Adhesive 37 is arranged upon the underside of the strap 35. A removable sheet material covering 12 is mounted upon the adhesive.

In the form of the invention illustrated in Figs. 9 and 10 the holder is very similar to that illustrated in Fig. 1, the same parts may be recognized by the same reference numerals, but distinguishes in the fact that a snap fastener element 38 is mounted upon the top of the sheet 10 and is adapted to cooperate with a complementary element 39 mounted upon an element for holding the shoulder strap, such as the ring 40. This ring 40 has adjacent ends which may be separated for the purpose of allowing the shoulder strap to engage therein. In Fig. 11 another arrangement of the element which holds the shoulder strap is illustrated. According to this form, a chain 41 is secured on a snap fastener element 39 and has ends 42 provided with some type of hook catch so that they may be joined together. In other respects this arrangement is similar to the form illustrated in Fig. 10.

In Fig. 12 a detail of the various removable sheet coverings 12 has been disclosed. This detail shows the removable sheet cover 12 to be formed with areas having spiral perforations 43 which terminate at a point 44 upon the edge of the sheet material. With this arrangement it is possible with a pin or other pointed implement to pick at the center of the spiral for tearing some of the perforations and loosening the central portion from the adhesive material.

Then this loosened portion may be pulled to. tear off as much of the spiral as is desired to expose as much of the adhesive as is desired. For example, at the right hand portion of Fig. 12 a portion of the sheet 12 has been shown torn away exposing an area 45. It will be recognized that the adhesive from the various strap holders will be exposed through this area. With this area it is possible for one to expose a small area of adhesive which is of sufficient strength, obtained by experimenting, to hold a delicate shoulder strap, or a larger area of adhesive may be exposed to produce greater adhesion to hold a larger or thicker shoulder strap. The spiral line of perforations has still a further purpose in that if completely removed the tear will extend to the edge of. the sheet 12 which then exposes a corner or portion which may easily be raised and so form a starting point for removing the entire removable sheet 12. Examining Fig. 1, it will be recognized that since the adhesive 11 is very thin, the drawing being ex- 0o aggerated, it will be especially difficult to separate the layers 10 and 12 for the purpose of removing the layer 12.

In Fig. 13 a side view of the ring 16 has been illustrated. This view distinctly discloses the ends 16' of the ring which are shown at an inclination to each other so that when the ends are together the ring has the appearance of being continuous and the ends reinforce each other under tension to maintain the closed position of the ring.

In Figs. 14 and 15 other rings have been disclosed which are of circular and rectangular shape respectively, but each of these having ends 16a formed with smaller balls serving as heads. In other respects the operation is identical to the ring 16 previously described.

In the modified form illustrated in Fig. 16 a strap 50 with adhesive on one side is engaged at one end around a tubular element 51, slot at 51a and has the engaged end secured down by the adhesive material. A covering strip of material 52 engages and covers the adhesive up to the point 53 where the end of the strip 50 is disposed. The strip 52 has a loose portion 54 beyond the point 53 by which it may be readily gripped for removing purposes. A garment holding element 16c is engaged through the slot 51 a of tubular element 51 to support any garment, instead of limiting the support to a shoulder strap only. The holding element 16c may be in a form of a buckle, clasp, or the like.

The slot 5 is for the purpose of convenience in assembling the device. A transverse bar or rod from the garment holding element 168 may slip in and out from the slot 15a, and in assembled position the tubular element 51 and the garment holding element 16' may be associated with the adhesive material as described. In Fig. 17 another variation of the invention has been disclosed in which an additional tubular element 51' is arranged immediately adjacent the tubular element 51 held down by the end of the adhesive strip 50. In other respects this form, of the invention is identical to the previous form and the parts may be recognized by the same reference numerals. A large ring 16 is shown engaged through the tubular element 51 for engaging the straps of an evening gown while a, smaller ring 16 is shown engaged through the tubular element 51' for engaging the shoulder strap of some arrangement.

In Fig. 18 another variation of the invention has been disclosed which comprises a strip of material 55 having adhesive 56 on one side. The strip 55 is formed at the end in the shape of a ring portion 57. An actual ring 16 is engaged by the adhesive upon the portion 51. A covering strip 58 is engaged over the adhesive 56 and has one end 59 resting against the upper side of the ring 16 so that it may be easily gripped for removal. The portion 57 is provided with an opening 60 at the area where the ends of the ring 16 come together. This form distinguishes from any of the previous forms in the fact that the element which engages the shoulder' strap is at all times flat in the same plane with the adhesive strip.

In Figs. 19 and 20 other variations of the invention have been disclosed which comprise a strip of material 61 having adhesive 62 on one side. At one end of the strip of material 61 a fabric 63 is fastened to the adhesive 62 and turned to form a loop 64 and thereafter, the other end of fabric 63 is fastened again to the adhesive 62 at 65, spaced from the end. A covering strip 66 is engaged over the adhesive surface, and extended at 67 over the end 65 of fabric 63. A split ring 16 is held by the loop 64 shown in Fig. 19 and split rings 16 and 16b in the illustration shown in Fig. 20.

The adhesive referred to in this specification may be any of the kinds generally known which have no deleterious effect upon the skin. For example, the adhesives used on medical plasters such as oxide of zinc plasters would be excellent since there will be no likelihood of infections of the skin being started by continued use of the shoulder strap holder.

While I have shown and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise construction herein disclosed and the 7 right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:1. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring. 2. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said flexible sheet material comprising a plurality of layers, certain of which are formed with a loose portion producing a loop comprising said means for holding the ring in place.

3. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring. with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said latter means comprising a loop connected with said flexible sheet material. 4. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said flexible sheet material having a portion bent upon itself forming a loop comprising said means for detachably holding the ring.

5. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring 30' with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said flexible sheet material having a portion bent upon itself forming a loop comprising said means for detachably holding the ring, said loop being arranged at one end.

6. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said flexible sheet material having a portion bent upon itself forming a loop comprising said means for detachably holding the ring, said loop being arranged at one side.

7. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, and said removable sheet material having an area formed with a spiral perforation. 8. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, and said removable sheet material having an area formed with a spiral perforation, terminating at the side.

9. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, comprising a snap fastener element attached on said flexible sheet and cooperative with another element mounted upon said ring. 10. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said ring having separable ends Sdetachably connected together.

11. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible Ssheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring I with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said separable ends of the ring being formed with heads.

12. In a shoulder strap holder having a flexible sheet material with adhesive on one side, a ring with separable ends, and a means upon the free side of said flexible sheet for detachably holding said ring, said holding means comprising a tubular element secured in position by said adhesive, and said ring engaging through said tubular element.

13. A shoulder strap holder, comprising a flexible sheet of material with adhesive on one side and having one end bent with the adhesive side over a plurality of transversely located adja16 cent tubular elements to hold the tubular elements in place, a removable covering sheet adhesively engaged upon said adhesive and having a free extending end extending over said bent end, and rings with separable ends engaged through said tubular elements.

14. A shoulder strap holder, comprising a flexible sheet of material with adhesive on one side and having one end shaped in the form of a ring with the adhesive inside, a ring secured by said adhesive upon said ring portion of said strap and having adjacent separable ends aligned with an opening in the ring portion of said strap, and removable sheet material covering said adhesive and extending partially over said ring portion.

15. In a device of the kind described, a strip of sheet material having a coating of adhesive on a face thereof, a second strip of sheet material having one of its faces adhered to the face of the first recited sheet which is opposite to said coating, and an attaching member mounted upon said second sheet, said attaching member having a loop adapted to receive a shoulder strap.

16. In a device of the kind described, a strip of sheet material having a coating of adhesive on a face thereof, a second strip of sheet material having one of its faces adhered to the face of the first recited sheet which is opposite to said coating, and an attaching member mounted upon said second sheet, said attaching member having a loop adapted to receive a shoulder strap, said loop being of a collapsible character to avoid producing a protuberance opposite the clasping element.

17. A lingerie clasp comprising a sheet of o2. fabric provided with an adhesive coating for securing said fabric to the skin of the wearer, a loop engaging portion secured to said fabric for securing a shoulder strap of a garment thereto, said loop having its free ends adapted to be en- 2 circled around said strap and then secured in intimate relation with each other and then caused to assume a flatwise relation with the fabric as well as the shoulder of the wearer.

WILLIAM J. SMITH. 30.